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  • Hello, my name is Esther.

  • And in this video we're going to talk

  • about how to use the word 'borrow' or 'lend me'.

  • Well, when do we use this word?

  • Well, let me give you an example.

  • Let's say that you're taking a test

  • and you look in your bag

  • and uh-oh you forgot your pencil.

  • So what do you do?

  • You have to ask someone next to you, or maybe a friend

  • to let them use your pencil.

  • And a mistake that a lot of people make is they say,

  • Can you borrow me your pencil?”

  • But that's actually wrong.

  • Don't say that.

  • Don't say,

  • Can you borrow me your pencil?”

  • The actual way to say it

  • goes like this.

  • Let's look at an example sentence.

  • Can I borrow your pencil?”

  • That's the correct way to say it.

  • Can I borrow your pencil?

  • Okay.

  • Another way that you can say is,

  • Can you lend me your pencil?”

  • Let's look at it again.

  • Can you lend me your pencil?”

  • Now, both of these ways are okay.

  • And they're both correct and right,

  • but I think this one is a better way to say it.

  • Again, let's remember it's not,

  • 'Can you borrow me', okay, don't say that.

  • Say this,

  • Can I borrow your pencil?”

  • Let's look at a couple more examples sentences.

  • Let's look at some more examples.

  • Is it okay if I borrow your book?

  • Is it okay if I borrow your book?

  • May I borrow some money?

  • May I borrow some money?

  • Can I borrow your umbrella?

  • Can I borrow your umbrella?

  • Can you lend me your eraser?

  • Can you lend me your eraser?

  • Would you lend me your book?

  • Would you lend me your book?

  • Please lend me a pen.

  • Please lend me a pen.

  • Alright, now, in the beginning of the video, I taught you

  • to say, “Can I borrowsomething

  • Can I borrow your pencil?”

  • But, actually,

  • there's a more polite way to say this.

  • And that is by saying,

  • May I borrow something from you?”

  • You should use 'May I' when you're talking to someone you don't know very well.

  • Maybe it's a complete stranger,

  • or maybe you know that person,

  • but you guys aren't really close friends.

  • It's better to use 'May I'.

  • So again, “May I borrow something?”

  • For example,

  • May I borrow your pen?”

  • OrMay I borrow your phone?”

  • Or maybe like I said in the example in the beginning,

  • May I borrow your pencil or eraser?”

  • Okay. Well that's it for today.

  • I hope you guys learned something and I'll see you guys next time.

  • Bye.

Hello, my name is Esther.

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Borrow vs Lend Me Meaning, Difference, and Grammar with Example Sentences

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    Summer posted on 2021/10/30
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